Burner’s world revolved around three things: protecting the wolf pack of Maine, keeping an eye on his best friend Aaron, and helping prepare enough summer food to take on the long road to Quebec for the winter months. But in the ruins of an old shopping mall on a hot summer night, his world crashes.
Now Burner has to face monsters he thought were just stories told to scare pups, and he must traverse a world he’s only seen in old magazines. Meanwhile, his best friend Aaron is dealing with monsters of his own and Burner will do whatever it takes to keep them both safe, even if it means finally admitting how he really feels.
I think All the Dogs are Dancing by newbie author J.M. Goguen was a success, but with some kinks worked out, it could have been epic.
I like darker dystopian books sometimes, and All the Dogs are Dancing really fit that bill. I think it's important to know what you are getting into with this one as it is no steam and light on the romance, though the romance was still a central part of the story.
The world-building had so many interesting elements, I just think the author moved too quickly over the details at times. I often left scenes feeling a bit confused, but as the book went on, I found that I just rolled with the confusing parts because each page held something new and more and more intriguing. It felt, at times, that this book was a sequel where I missed the first in the series, and though that usually bothers me a lot, I was too swept up in the ultra fast-pace to linger on it for too long.
The romance was sweet and there was lots of buildup to it, which I always enjoy. I think many fans of queer dystopian books will enjoy this one. I know I did.
Content warning: references to child abuse.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*